• July 18, 2022

Janis Siefert Killed in Tow Truck Accident on Pikes Peak Ave in Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO — July 13, 2022, 78-year-old Janis Siefert died and another person was injured in a crash with a tow truck at a Colorado Springs intersection.

According to reports the incident happened around 8:20 a.m. at the crossing of East Pikes Peak Avenue and North Parkside Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests that a tow truck with a car on its flatbed crashed into an SUV as the passenger vehicle was crossing Pikes Peak Avenue. The truck hit the SUV on its driver's side and pushed it a short distance east before the two vehicles came to rest.

SUV driver Siefert and her passenger both suffered life-threatening injuries. They were transported to an area hospital where Siefert died a short time later.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Janis Siefert Accident in Colorado Springs

Images of the intersection show that traffic on Parkside has stop signs and is meant to yield to vehicles on Pikes Peak. If reports have their facts straight, the victims may have failed to yield to the tow truck. It's not clear why that might have happened, but rather than jumping to any conclusions it's important to consider all the accident's possible variables.

For example: Did the SUV have mechanical or brake problems? What about the driver--was she in good health, or could a medical issue have caused her to lose control? Did something block her view of the approaching truck? Was signage present, intact, and clearly visible at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Is there a history of similar crashes in that area? Is the intersection designed poorly? Could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision?

Janis Siefert Killed in Tow Truck Accident on Pikes Peak Ave in Colorado Springs, CO

Those questions aren't meant to muddy the waters or make any accusations. I read the same reports as everyone else and don't know more than they currently say. I just know from long experience in my field that unusual factors are sometimes overlooked and faulty conclusions are reached during preliminary investigations.

For instance, there was a recent crash in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and was fatally hit by an 18-wheeler. Reports and police blamed the victim for running the sign, but we found out later the intersection didn't have signs at the time because road crews removed them. The victim didn't even know they had to stop, but until that was learned they were unfairly blamed.

It's unlikely the exact same thing happened in Colorado. I'm just saying that many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance?

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